Five Killed in Sinai Attack on Egyptian Security Forces, Sources Say

Armed men opened fire at an Egyptian security post, days after an ISIS ambush saw 11 soldiers killed

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Relatives react during the funeral of Egyptian officer who was killed in an armed attack claimed by Islamic State in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, on Monday.
Relatives react during the funeral of Egyptian officer who was killed in an armed attack claimed by Islamic State in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, on Monday.Credit: MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/ REUTERS

At least five members of the Egyptian security forces were killed in a militant attack on Wednesday morning in the north of the Sinai Peninsula, two security sources said.

Four others were injured when armed men opened fire at a security post in the coastal area of northeastern Sinai, which borders the Gaza Strip, the sources said.

There was no immediate comment from Egyptian authorities. 

This comes after another attack on Saturday saw 11 Egyptian soldiers killed in an ambush by militants in the Sinai Peninsula, which was dubbed one of the deadliest attacks against Egyptian security forces in recent years.

Egypt is battling an Islamic State-led insurgency in the Sinai that intensified after the military overthrew an elected but divisive Islamist president in 2013. The militants have carried out scores of attacks, mainly targeting security forces and Egyptian Christians.

The fight against militants in Sinai has largely taken place hidden from the public eye, with journalists, non-residents and outside observers barred from the area. The conflict has also been kept at a distance from tourist resorts at the southern end of the peninsula, one of the region's principal industries.

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